There is nowhere else on earth quite like the Maldives. In the middle of the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka, over 1000 tropical, white sand islands lie loosely clustered in 26 coral-fringed atols.
No other destination can boast so many five and six-star resorts, each located on its own private island and reached by speedboat or seaplane from Male, its capital. Maldivian resort room sizes start with suites and graduate upwards to palatial over-water bungalows with private pools and a butler to anticipate your every need.
Almost across the board, expect haute cuisine, immaculate service and spoiling spas, as well as some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The ultimate destination for a special holiday or honeymoon, the only problem with the Maldives is that once you’ve stayed here, nothing else is quite as good ever again.
A few of our favourite resorts:
Cheval Blanc RandheliCheval Blanc Randheli
Possibly the most refined resort in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc is in a class of its own. Enjoy immaculate service, fine dining and cutting edge design, plus a pampering Guerlain Spa. 45 villas are set over five stunning islands in the unspoilt Noonu Atol.
Conrad RangaliConrad Rangali
A spacious resort suitable for couples and families alike, this is a fun option for those who fear they might be bored on a small island. There are 8 restaurants including an underwater option, a dive and water sports centre and a kids’ club. Snorkelling
Four Seasons Landaa GiraavaruFour Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Reached by sea plane, this classic resort in the remote Baa Atoll offers immaculate service and some of the best diving in the region. Known for its marine conservation, the resort offers romantic over-water villas as well as family-friendly options.
Per Aquum NiyamaPer Aquum Niyama
With two islands: ‘Play’ and ‘Chill’, Niyama offers the perfect combination of activity and blissful privacy. Both couples and families will find their niche here. The unique Subsix underwater restaurant and club features international guest DJs.
Soneva JaniSoneva Jani
This sustainable eco-resort offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Vast villas on land and over water come with your very own Mr or Mrs Friday to look after your every need. Some over-water bungalows come complete with water slides right into the sea!
Contact us today on 0208 940 4114 to start planning your bespoke Maldives holiday or honeymoon.
- Single island stays
- Multi-island stays
- Combinations with India and Sri lanka
The Maldives makes an ideal special holiday or honeymoon, with seven to ten nights being an ideal length of time to stay.
It also makes an ideal combination with other destinations: it’s just 90 minutes by air from Sri Lanka and southern India and airlines such as Emirates fly via Dubai making another interesting combination option.
Quick country facts
- Recommended airlines
BA direct, Emirates via Dubai, Sri Lankan via Colombo.
- Flight time
10.5 hours direct or around 13.5 hours with a stop in Dubai.
- Time zone:
- Visa requirements:
Free visa on arrival for up to 30 day stay (UK passport)
When and where to go
The Maldives has two main seasons, a ‘dry’ season from December to April and a wetter season from May to November. In the dry season there are still occasional showers without warning but these are usually short and sharp, then dry up to reveal blue skies once again. February and March are statistically the driest months of the year.
Temperatures are generally very consistent year round, varying only around five degrees from between 25-30 at any time. But given that the activities in the Maldives are almost all beach or ocean-related, weather plays a slightly larger role in deciding when to travel than it might do in other locations.
Like many tropical regions, during the rainy season the temperatures remain warm, there is often still quite a lot of sun. Generally if there is prolonged rain, it would only affect 2-3 days of a seven day trip. Having said that, there are exceptions and it has been known to rain for a full seven days or more in rainy months. For this reason, although we know of people who have experienced perfect weather even in July and August, we don’t normally recommend the Maldives as a honeymoon destination during rainy season, as the risk of a wash-out is always there. November and May in particular can experience high rainfall and unpredictable weather as this is when the local monsoon winds change direction.
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